I also want to tell you that you are my #1 favorite online trainer. You have the absolute best teaching methods, breaking it down, explaining the possible trouble spots, etc.
In my non-agility life I own my own presentation skills training company – I train presenters and speakers all over the world, mainly Fortune 500 companies – so I am one tough critic when it comes to training. You are spectacular!
Anyway – Contact lessons ASAP – please!! You are amazing!!
Stacy- the waiver you should have had ME sign would have read: ”I’m not responsible if your previously careful poodle will start chasing the toy like a madman and will run into walls trying to get it.” I really have to watch where we’re playing now- my floors are all wood and slippery. Never been a problem before!
As a Canadian snowbird, I am very lucky to be able to train with Stacy during the winter months in Vista, California. During the rest of the year, I’m equally lucky to be able to train through her online classes. I have audited both Foundation classes and have learned so much from reading and re-reading each lesson and working through each exercise on my own. Stacy provides a video demonstration of each lesson and shows very clearly the mechanics and technique required to master each skill. Watching the student videos and reading Stacy’s comments to each person is extremely helpful. Stacy’s eye for detail is just as acute in her online classes as it is in person, and each working participant receives great feedback and support in every session. It is very clear from reading Stacy’s comments that her goal is to help her students and their dogs to improve in their agility careers, to grow in confidence, and to find the joy in working together as a team. That has certainly been my experience in training with Stacy!
Eleven years ago I was introduced to Stacy Winkler. I had tried many agility instructors before meeting Stacy. I was just not satisfied with their teaching. In my very first lesson with Stacy, I was blown away by what she was saying and I knew I had found the perfect instructor for me. Stacy’s understanding of great dog training and the importance of a solid foundation as well as her attention to detail, was just what I was looking for in an instructor.
With Stacy’s help, my husband Mel and I have put twenty agility championships on four of our standard Poodles. Stacy has helped me bring along my extremely fearful and stressed from birth young Poodle. Many of you have seen this young Poodle, UPGRAYEDD, that has gone from not wanting to leave the startline or looking for a way to escape the ring, to her MXJ in just a few months. Stacy has helped me take this dog that had absolutely NO drive at all and build drive and work ethic into her. This dog now loves agility.
Stacy is just as talented at helping students with super high drive dogs as well as low drive dogs. Our very fast Border Collie, Crush, was out of control when we started her with Stacy. She would run off to chase other dogs, screamed when she saw movement of any kind, flanked jumps and had very little focus at all. Stacy helped us to channel Crush’s high drive and show her how much fun it is to be in high gear AND have self-control at the same time. Stacy is brilliant when it comes to teaching students how to maintain speed and drive, while creating great control behaviors and understanding on course.
Stacy’s online course takes students on an incredible training journey. She uses videos and text to demonstrate the mechanics and skills for each lesson.
I have been training dogs for 30 years and have put Championships on my dogs in Breed, Obedience and have over a dozen MACHs in Agility. I took Stacy Winkler’s Foundation class with my 6 mo old mini poodle and I think it’s wonderful. I just love the Rule Outs work and the rest of the lessons too. Some of it is a little review for me but much of it is either new or a twist on things I have done in the past and my puppy is really getting some great foundation work!
I cannot say enough good things about her. After just one seminar I realized that Meeko was fixable. I took what I could from that seminar and practiced, practiced and practiced. Several months later Stacy returned to teach, and by the end of that seminar Meeko was already running significantly faster. I was hooked. Throughout this past year I enrolled in every seminar Stacy presented in B.C. and completed both her foundation 1 and foundation 2 online courses.
I was expecting to have my dog stay in the ring (which did happen) and for him to become faster and demonstrate more drive (which also happened). However, the list didn’t stop there. Stacy’s seminars and online courses allowed me to fall in love with the game again. I learned how to reward properly, appropriately and often. I learned how to break things down for my dog. I learned how to catch those golden moments and I learned a lot about myself in the process. Stacy’s excellent videos, online lessons, feedback and her eye for detail literally changed everything. She’s motivating, clear, and doesn’t miss a beat. Since Stacy TRAINING IS SO MUCH FUN!!! I now look forward to recording my videos for Stacy’s online courses, to working my dog in classes, and I can HARDLY wait to have Stacy back in Canada for more seminars. Quite a turn around for both dog and handler
The golden that used to run away… stays in the ring now. He now knows how to work through failure. Meeko LOVES the game and his speed and drive proves it. My dog who absolutely wouldn’t tug to save his life now tugs with joy and enthusiasm. Practice is enjoyable and because I’m having so much more fun… so is he.
Everyone needs to experience Stacy! You need to take her online foundation courses and you need to jump all feet/paws in. “Just do it!” Take the courses, practice, and trust the system… and the rest will come.
This is fabulous news! I am glad Stacy has decided to offer a repeat of this on-line foundation class. I desperately want to spend more time on these skills to perfect them. I missed all of this foundation work with JazzMean in the first place which is why I signed up for Stacy Winkler’s foundation class. I am so happy that I can continue these lessons without feeling rushed. I am already seeing the benefits of this foundation work on the agility field with my excellent level dog! It is never too late to improve foundation skills. I will take this class again and anything else Stacy has to offer. She is an amazing instructor and holds students accountable with a gifted eye for detail! Stacy knows how to teach all ability levels.
Barbara and Talon and Paris
Stacy Winkler rocks!!
I just finished on online foundation class with her for my agility puppy.
In the midst of her regular teaching and trial schedule, she made time for every student’s videos and questions, including the auditing students. She broke down the clips bit by bit, giving constructive tips along with praise and encouragement every step of the way.
Her lessons include her own testimonials and break down each drill into easy to follow steps. She provided clear demonstrations of all the behaviors with her own, and others, dogs on video. Since I’m a visual learner, this was the best!!!!
Watching Stacy work with her own dogs gives the clearest example of how my relationship with my own dogs should be……for play, work, and even correcting them when they give me a different behavior than I’m asking for.
Although she really puts me through the paces, and asks for increasingly better performances from me, I can’t wait to start my next class.
It’s evident she wants to bring out the best in me and my dogs, as a team.
And above all, she’s taught me to find the FUN in all training!!